Today’s episode…

…is brought to you by the number 7 and the letter H and, the Hardship Homemaking blog.  The new blog is “a back to basics blog for recipes, tricks, and tips to make life overseas at hardship posts easier.”  It’s a cooperative effort, and you’ve been following me for a while here, you may recognize some of my experiments among the recipes blogged there.

My latest addition to my French studies is La coeur a ses raisons, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” in Quebecois.

I like it better than watching French movies because each episode is only a half hour, and TV5 broadcasts it with French subtitles, so it helps with understanding both spoken and written French.  On top of that, it’s really funny, with both heavy slapstick and wordplay.  Someone should do an english language version, but it has actors and scripts, so it’s too expensive for today’s TV.

We had snow the weekend before Halloween.  Snow!  Just a dusting here, but more inland.  By the time the trick or treaters showed up a few days later, it was all gone.

I’ve posted before my recipe for easy cobbler.  I made it last weekend for the first time with fresh apples.  You can’t go wrong with fresh apples in the fall, and this was no exception.

So you don’t have to go searching:


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (two sticks US), room temperature (or 15 seconds in microwave to soften)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour or pancake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can or jar dark cherries in juice/syrup (not pie filling) (or peaches, or pretty much any other fruit).


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a one-quart baking dish or 9 inch square pan, cream together sugar and butter. Mix in flour and milk until smooth. Drain most juice from fruit. If you use fresh fruit, add some liquid (for apples I used cider). Pour fruit and its remaining juice over the top.
  3. Bake about 1 hour in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

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